Education is a globally recognized solution for building a sustainable future and preparing children for tomorrow. With the rising environmental concerns, it is essential that we, the educators engage in discussions around bringing environment education to the forefront. WWF-India’s One Planet Academy- A digital resource centre developed in partnership with Capgemini India organized the Chennai Chapter of its annual conference on ‘BUILDING BRIDGES TO A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE’ in association with School Education department, Chennai at Kumararani Meena Muthaiah Arts and Science College, Adyar. A total of 270 school students, principals/Head Master and teachers from Chennai Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur, Vellore districts participated in it.
During the inaugural address Ms. Radhika Suri Director, Environment Education, WWF-India spoke on the role of education in building a sustainable future for the current and future generations. The students today need to understand the value of environment and the biodiversity surrounding them. Mr. M. Vasu, Joint Director (NSS) who addressed the audience that comprised of National Green Corps, Eco Club and NSS students and teachers stated that they play a major role in carrying out many environmental activities like plantation, herbal gardening, kitchen gardening and campaigns on plastic waste etc. This programme will ensure our future generation learn to live in harmony with nature and adopt sustainable practices in their everyday lives. Mr. Rajasekar, Eco Coordinator, Mr. Thankaraj, and Mr. Ravikumar National Green Corps Coordinators also witnessed the whole event.
The screening of the award winning documentary ‘Plastic Ocean’ was one of the highlights of the programme followed by a Green Career workshop for students and a training session for teachers on the 3600 Approach to Environment Education in Schools. The KumararaniMeenaMutaiah Arts and Science College supported the venue during the event.